|Richford Local crossing Missisquoi River, John Krause photo|
|Ian Stronach photo|
I've seen photos of the bridge - such as John Krause's photo above and Ian Stronach's photo shown to the right.
I figured the bridge looks close enough to the Central Valley Truss bridge that I'd simply order three of them and build them up.
But in the years since I've bought a bridge - or seriously looked at bridge kits - Central Valley has added to their product line by offering their "classic" bridge as an Eastern Gusseted or Punch Plate bridge. Great, knowing my luck I'll pick one of the three, guess wrong and find out only after it's installed on the railroad!
Google to the rescue.
Even the railroad tracks are long gone the Richford Branch right-of-way is still there - as a bike trail. And Google Maps
|Google Street View of the Sheldon Springs bridge.|
A few quick clicks and I was able to determine the original Central Valley Pratt Truss bridge is the closest to the prototype. I was also able to use the map
to determine the length of the span - the Central Valley bridge is 150 feet long, meaning three spans measure 450 feet. Google Maps indicates the river is about 370 feet or so across - but that's today's bike trail - as shown in the John Krause photo above, the abutments weren't located on the edge of the river, meaning 450 feet or so should be close enough, and ought to make for an impressive scene.
Naturally, guess which version was nowhere to be found at Timomium last weekend!